The Book Of The City Of Ladies

2292 WordsMay 2, 201610 Pages
INTRODUCTION Historically, women were thought of as inferior in physical strength, religious traditions, philosophical and have faced intense discrimination from a lack of legal rights and very little independence from their husbands and society at large. In many societies, women have long been viewed as less than fully human. Christine de Pizan in her book “The Book of the City of Ladies”1405, wrote that the oppression of women is founded on irrational prejudice, pointing out numerous advances in society probably created by women. Under the end of the 19th century, women were excluded from taking part in voting and politics, certain public events, education and in many professions. By the late 19th century and the turn of the 20th century, witnessed strengthening of the women’s movement both at the local and international level, leading to an increase in the public awareness of women’s rights, women the world over were pushing for greater equality. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the United States, and the Suffragettes led by the Pankhurts in England were among the first pioneers of the “women’s movement.” This was a period of much activity as women organized themselves into public and high-profile advocacy groups, campaigning for the right to vote and equality in economic and property rights. As a result, starting from the latter half of the 1990s, the relevant national legislation has been undergoing a process of review and important steps have been taken
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